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Japanese trains are massively successful despite being moderately pricy. This is in large part because a rather substantial number of employers offer transportation expenses as a salary add-on - perhaps by law. These are matched to the actual cost of transit.

The Japanese also have an interesting set of regulations surrounding motor vehicles, the K-Car system. Many years ago they realized the obvious trend of people to prefer larger and more powerful cars for no clear reason, and set up a tax system to push back against it. K-Cars have a regulated tiny footprint and tiny engine, and a correspondingly tiny cost of registration and operation. Regular-sized cars pay many, many times more in yearly taxes and fees to own and operate. Left to their own devices, few regular consumers would actually choose to buy a K-Car when they could get a vastly more competent subcompact in a similar price range, but the tax and ownership penalties have encouraged widewpread acceptance of very tiny and underpowered cars.

by Zwackus on Thu Jan 31st, 2019 at 01:11:59 AM EST

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